STEP 1: How to Locate the Opponens Pollicis Trigger Point #One
The Opponens Pollicis is a muscle that controls movement in the thumb. Pollicis means thumb, so the muscle essentially helps with the opposition of the thumb, i.e. bringing the thumb to a plane perpendicular to the palm, or by touching the tips of the other four fingers with the thumb. If you place your hand just below the thumb and move your thumb towards the palm, you will feel the muscle tensing and relaxing. The trigger point is usually present over this area itself as well.
STEP 2: How to Self-Release the Opponens Pollicis Trigger Point # One
Self-releasing the Opponens Pollicis is quite simple. Using the pad of one thumb, locate the trigger point in the other and apply pressure over the area. Support your thumb with your other fingers by placing them on the back of the opposing hand. If you’re unable to get adequate pressure using your thumb, you can use a small ball and press your hand to the ground. To increase pressure, bring your free hand to the top. Hold for about 30 seconds and release.
STEP 3: How to Stretch the Opponens PollicisTrigger Point # One
The Opponens Pollicis helps lift the thumb 90 degrees from the plane of the palm, so to stretch it, we’ll be doing the opposite. Turn your palm over, and using the fingers of your other hand, lift the thumb up in the opposite direction (90 degrees from back of the palm). Hold for about 30 seconds and release.